Friday, August 23, 2013

Summer Christmas in Ireland.

I just got confirmation from Maria that she got her gifts.  Yea! She won't be able to blog about them for a while though, so I thought I would share with you.

It was the Christmas in July swap, so I sent her some fab holiday decor:
Here is the whole lot:
Other than this pin, I made everything for her.
 There are two stockings, made from left over scraps of the velvet that was used to make my wedding dress.  The white top is scraps of white felt that I fluffed up a bit, by stretching and scrunching it. The stockings open up enough to put tiny things inside them!  The pillows that you see behind the stockings, were made using fabric from my wedding also.  I never throw craft stuff away.  It's a bit of a problem really.

 This sign is made from scraps of Spring Fling wood.

The little mantle village is made out of paper, wood, felt, washcloth and glitter.

I also gave her the blanket that everything is sitting on.  It's a mini quilt that I made using red and
green fro Christmas, but took a more modern approach on it.  Beautiful.  Look for a post from Maria at Pretty Things Ireland to see more pictures and detail of the items she got.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Swaps and gifts

While I was on vacation, one of my stops was in Chicago, so of COURSE I stopped to see my best pal, Brae.  I helped her move some stuff around, and pulled on my butch pants to help her build a table. One of the best things about being able to stop and see Brae is that I also get to see all her fantastical work up close and personal.  I mean, it really blows you away just how good she is and her attention to detail is unparalleled.

In case you don't know what I'm talking about, check out her latest blog posts on The Haunted Heritage.  Make sure you have a towel.  :)

The other great part (aside from getting to chill with her in PERSON, instead of just on the phone or email) is that she gives me prizes.  :D  And who doesn't love loot?!  And good mini loot to boot!!!  See what I did there?

She made me a set of her fabulous, weighted pillows... a few snippets of shadowy mice and got me the cutest stretching kitty you ever have seen!!!

 The kitty and pillows will find a new home in the Tennyson I just finished..... Guess I will need to make a litter box and get some kitty bowls, too!!!  And the mice will come out for Halloween and go in a future project.

 In July, I participated in Jazzi's Christmas in July swap, and in all the hullaballou to make sure I had everything (for a two week road trip with my kids) I forgot to send Maria her loot. But it is on its way to her now!  Her swap to me, was waiting her for me when I got home.  Yeah for Christmas stuff!!!!

There are pillows, garland, presents, a hat, wrapping paper, letters, a snow man and a cute little angel that I can't wait to put on a tree!

 See this precious angel?!
 And this little snowman will find a great home on a side board.

I won't be showing you what I sent her until I get confirmation (or until the end of August) that she got it, so as not to spoil the surprise.  

nd, just so you know things were getting worked on at one time or another, here is another sneak peek from either the Spring Fling or the Creatin Contest.... but I won't tell which!


Thursday, August 8, 2013

New Items Going in Etsy Shop

I got a bit of a Christmas and painting bug when I got back.  :)  All these are currently being listed in the store.  If you see something you like, and I am moving slow getting it listed, just send me a message and I will get it up there!

Christmas Village for the Mantle
 Christmas village for the mantle
 Sign for shelf or mantle
 hangable sign
 Bell wreath
 Dress painting, done in watercolor and ink
 watercolor and ink.  church on a hill
 water color and ink still life flower
 water color ink, icy lake
 water color landscape
 water color and ink dresses

 water color and ink farmhouse.

I had so much fun making all of these!  Sometimes, you need a little break from the bigger things.  :D

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I live!!

Hello friends!  I promise that I am still around.  I just finished with this major mini project that I can't wait to tell you about, and I just got back from vacation.
I have been plugging away on inventory for the Etsy shop and working on the Spring Fling and the Creatin' Contest.
I am still going through photos of my vacation and can't wait to share the highlights with you!
Here's a sneak peek for ONE of the builds.  But I'll never tell will which one!

Hope you all are having a fantastic summer/winter.  :D  Keep on mini-ing!